The morning walk after the excitement of yesterday went on very well, with one incident of blocking for a few minutes. Doing a few circles and taking a no non-sense approach fixed it, and we had a good long walk on both sides of the Penasquitos Creek.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
The evening Garden walk to have her pee a last time for the day was odd this time: she got crazy right away and ran towards the two large palm trees next to the Pot-Ghetto, only she was on the leash. It was tough to get her out of there, something must have smelled really interesting. So there was some tension, and we eventually brought her in. We went out again (need to pee, eventually), and tried to claim the area of interest by blocking about a third of the garden with the body. It worked, eventually she gave up and did the business. Next morning was again that area the first target, she obviously remembered that there is something unfinished. But there was less enthusiasm. So peeing and pooping worked at 7:20AM Monday.
We went to see Cliff, the dog owned by Megan and Eric. It was at their place, Penny was reserved first, but after 90 minutes of keeping distance and exploration of the backyard the game was on. Penny and Cliff raced around and barked and played pretty rough. Cliff might have been too rough at the end, although Penny did her share to run around and engage. Below is one picture before and two after the play. Penny was quite "done" after the game, but could walk in the evening and next morning.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
We went to the dogpark again in the evening. Penny came well along, but right in the beginning there was a dog fight in one corner, with a lot of screaming and barking. All dogs wanted to get there, but we could catch Penny before she got close. Afterwards everyone was nervous and the fun was diminished. Nevertheless, she did run a little more than last time and found a few friends. Here is a video from a little success story: she came after I called her...
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Penny seemed to be somewhat unenthusiastic this morning on the walk. Good thing: no pulling at all. I needed to motivate her a little to get going, but then it was all good. We went to the small community park at Springbrook Drive, she pooped there (we don't count anymore, it is all good, but it usually this business is done in our backyard). The way back was uphilll and really slow, she did not want to walk normal pace. Perhaps yesterdays adventures are still taking a toll?
Posted by Klaus Hofrichter at 6:30 AM
Sunday, August 10, 2014
We could convince Penny today to go into the pool to get a treat - she really likes the Trader Joe's Organic Chicken Sticks. It took a few attempts, but eventually she would take a step down the stairs of the pool, and another, until she was waist-deep in the water. Then we showed how to escape from there. She would come back into the water for more treats. Eventually we carried her into the deeper area for a few seconds, and she made swimming attempt. It was overall quite good and she did never panic. Next weekend we'll try again.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Using a momentary lapse of supervision, Penny opened the gate to the second floor and was up there within a few seconds. Loud shouting made her aware that this was not good, she was depressed for a little while. But she can go stairs up and down with ease, we now know.
Posted by Klaus Hofrichter at 9:19 PM
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The evening walk was going Ok, but this time Penny saw another pair of dogs in the beginning and was on high adrenaline for the remaining of the walk. So she would pull a lot, and showed some strength. The encounter with the other dogs was not aggressive: they actually did not really meet close, but it looked like Penny was in the "play" mode since then. So we should bring her in touch with other dogs to get the excitement lower in the long run. We also had some gameplay in the house: she was going after the green squeeky ball like 10 times. Bringing it back to us was not yet possible, but there was excitement about the ball and interest. It's a good path.
Posted by Klaus Hofrichter at 9:20 PM
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Monday, August 4, 2014
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Sunday, August 3, 2014
The walk was OK, however she appeared tired when going uphill. I did not manage to make her run despite two attempts. Really short seconds of cantering was all that we got. We met Julie the neighbor, Penny was friendly and moderately interested. Also, hopefully no more reporting about Poop, as it becomes routine? Second poop happened after a 40 minute walk. No picture...
Saturday, August 2, 2014
A late walk starting well after dinner to roundup the first day and make her tired. Again 25 minutes walk, 10 minutes in the dark "free". A little peeing in the free area. Then we had some decompression, and she moved into the crate. We use the inflateable bed to stay close. It was an uneventful night, lights off at 11PM.